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    Sale 5089

    Italian Banks of Distinction

    13 November 2007, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 154

    A LOUIS XIV GILT BRONZE MOUNTED BRASS INLAID TORTOISESHELL COMMODE

    IN THE MANNER OF ANDRE CHARLES BOULLE, EARLY 18TH CENTURY

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    A LOUIS XIV GILT BRONZE MOUNTED BRASS INLAID TORTOISESHELL COMMODE
    IN THE MANNER OF ANDRE CHARLES BOULLE, EARLY 18TH CENTURY
    Decorated in première and contre-partie, the top depicting standing figures and groups within architectural cartouches and within foliate strapwork borders, the serpentine front with two short and three long drawers with escutcheons modelled as bearded masks and with foliate handles, the angles with shaped trusses and the raised panel sides with further foliate strapwork decoration on foliate hoof feet
    32in. (80cm.) high; (82cm.) high; 48½in. (123cm.) wide; 28in. (72cm.) deep


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    The commode, with truss-scrolled pilasters terminating in satyr hooves, is richly filigreed in brass and tortoiseshell in the Louis Quatorze Roman fashion associated with André Charles Boulle and derived from the engraved Oeuvres of Jean Berain (d.1711).
    The top's reed-framed tablet celebrates the pastoral life, and its inlaid 'triumphal-arch' composition features India figures in attendance on festive figures that dance beneath a trellised baldachino borne by Zephyr-winged herms. This same tablet pattern appears on a related commode sold at Drouot Montaigne, Paris, 23 September 1996, lot 18. The India figures appear on the sides of a related commode, with the same pattern of filigree on the drawers, and a top with central vignette of Venus as derived from Berain's engraving celebrating the Element of Water. The latter commode, which was exhibited at Bethnal Green Museum in the 1870's, has been associated with the specialist marquetry-cutter Toussaint Devoye (d.1748) and the maître ébéniste Nicolas Sageot (d.1731). (P. Hughes, The Wallace Collection: Catalogue of Furniture, vol. II, London, 1996, no. 137)

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